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  • Our latest new CDs (released May 2021) brings the BACM main catalogue to 675 albums, all still available. An essential source for collectors of rare and historic country recordings. Please browse … and maybe buy a few. Your purchases keep the show on the road, helping us maintain the archive ...
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    Subscribe and each 2nd month you will receive our three latest releases, at a special price. You will be supporting the work of the archive and building a unique and diverse collection of country music treasures.

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    May 2021. Three new CDs, this time all from the early years of country recordings, the 20s and 30s. First, a second volume from the great Vernon Dalhart...

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    Country Anniversaries and News


    June 20, 2021  On this day!

    20 Jun. Birthday of school teacher and folklorist Jimmie Driftwood (20 June 1907 – 12 July 1998) whose song writing catalogue eventually ran to over... See more »



    June 20, 2021  On this day!

    20 June – remembering Bobby Helms ( Aug 15, 1933 – June 20, 1997) American country and rockabilly singer who scored crossover hits with Fraulein a... See more »



    June 20, 2021  On this day!

    June 20. Anniversary of T. Texas Tyler (June 20, 1916 – January 28, 1972), regular performer on the Grand Ole Opry and Louisiana Hayride, composer o... See more »



    June 19, 2021

    19 June – birthday of Rudy Sooter (June 19, 1904 – June 9, 1991) country music singer, songwriter and band leader.  Our first BACM collection, ma... See more »



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    Welcome to the Country Music Archive

    • A treasure trove for Country Music collectors!

      The Country Music Archive (incorporating the British Archive of Country Music, BACM) is believed to be the largest facility in the world outside Nashville dedicated to the preservation of traditional country music.

      The Archive began with the David Barnes collection, but over the years has been added to by contributions from country collectors from all over the world.

      This library of over 670,000 recordings includes tracks on a wide range of media including 78rpm, 45rpm and 33rpm discs/transcriptions, video, audio cassette (normal and 8 track) and reel to reel. Over the past 18 plus years we have been digging into the vaults and releasing material, focusing on Country’s "Golden Era", from the 1920s to the early ‘60s. Our CDs are aimed at core collectors and many feature historic early recordings from before an artist became famous. As far as possible we try to avoid overlapping with "popular" tracks available from other labels so when you buy one of our CDs you are unlikely to receive mere duplicates of recordings already in your collection.

      Whereas the above core catalogue appeals mainly to specialist collectors of early and rare material, our new Chart Memories series (launched in 2016) focuses on more recent 'Hit' material from the 1950s to the early 1960s. For each year, we compile a 'Top 100' country/country crossover hits, based primarily on the US Billboard charts but also taking account of charts from other places where country records sold well like Great Britain, Australia, Canada and Ireland. This Chart Memories series is limited edition and the discs are likely to become valued collectors items. So far we have issued the seven years, 1956 to 1962 - see Chart Memories for details.

      A big welcome to our website and please do take a look around – we hope you find something of interest.

      Dave, on behalf of the Archive team

    • Our latest new CDs (released May 2021) brings the BACM main catalogue to 675 albums, all still available. An essential source for collectors of rare and historic country recordings. Please browse … and maybe buy a few. Your purchases keep the show on the road, helping us maintain the archive ...
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